FLORENCE – James R. “Ron” Faulkenberry, a professor of health education at Francis Marion University, recently received the Outstanding Contributions to Health Education Award from the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The award recognizes exemplary efforts in promoting health education in South Carolina. This is the second time in six years that Faulkenberry has received this award.
Prior to coming to Francis Marion in 1974, Faulkenberry served as a public school teacher and district health educator with the Wateree Health District. He is a member of several health-education professional organizations and was a founding member of SCAHPERD.
He has devoted most of his scholarly work to the study of sex-education effectiveness, adolescent-health issues and the implementation of school health education. His work has been illustrated in several publications and he has given many presentations of data at state and national meetings.
Faulkenberry recently chaired the South Carolina Health and Safety Framework Development Committee. The outcome of this committee’s effort will form the framework for the content of future school health-education curricula.
“Ron has had an enormous positive influence on the undergraduate and graduate students of Francis Marion University,” said Marjorie Pace, dean of the FMU School of Education. “Hundreds of teachers-in-training and practicing teachers have experienced his knowledge and enthusiasm for health education.”
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